My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.

Close

Posted: | Report This Report Question |
Q.

waht does it mean when your blood pressure numbers are close together

Related Topics: Blood Pressure
 

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

General Medicine
Nursing
1,255 Answers
18,779 Helpful Votes
227 Followers
A.
This is a very good question. Thank you for asking!

Blood pressure is read as two numbers, such as 110/70. The first number indicates the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts in a beat. The second number indicates the pressure in your arteries while your heart is at rest between beats.

The difference between these two numbers is called your "pulse pressure." For example, if your pressure is 110/70, that's a pulse pressure of 40, which is considered normal.

If your numbers are closer together, such as 110/90, you have a low pulse pressure. In this example, it would be 20. This can be an indication of poor heart function.

However, the answer to your question depends a bit on how high the numbers are to begin with. A blood pressure of 140/100, for example, would be considered "high blood pressure," even though the pulse pressure of 40 is considered normal. A blood pressure of 180/160 would be considered extremely high blood pressure, even though the pulse pressure of 20 would be considered "low."

If you have questions about your blood pressure, in general, I suggest you speak to your primary health care provider for an explanation that's specific to your case.

Take care!

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

Posted:
| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?

YesNo

Thanks for your feedback.

120 of 149 found this helpful

Answers from Contributors (1)